Camden Tour Guides Association (CTGA) is a member organisation of qualified guides who research, develop and conduct walking tours and lectures on all things Camden!
Camden is one of the most interesting of the London Boroughs. All our guides have studied Guiding Skills and the area, and passed theory and practical examinations. Walks are entertaining, but guides understand the history and culture in each of the areas we cover, and are skilled in interpreting the buildings and telling the stories of the people who lived and worked in Camden.
We cover all areas of the Borough of Camden including Camden Town, Primrose Hill, Holborn, Fitzrovia, Kentish Town, Highgate, Gospel Oak, Bloomsbury, St. Pancras, West Hampstead, St. Giles, Belsize Park, and Hampstead. We can also offer guides with specialised knowledge of many topics including Health, Education, Art, Literature, Law, Politics, Social Housing, Industry & Transport, Faith & Religion and Entertainment.
Pictured below are some of the newest members of the Association in the Camden Town Hall’s Mayor’s Parlour at the Badge Ceremony held on 6th July 2016
CTGA has been working with Camden Community Radio and some of our guides have recorded podcasts, using an object in Camden to tell the story of a building, a place, a person. Listen here to the “Mitten on a Railing: podcast, listen here to “The Hardy Tree” podcast and keep coming back for more Camden stories. A new podcast has been added to this growing list “Tropical Maladies in Bloomsbury (the mosquitoes in our midst) listen here
Since its formation CTGA has been commissioned to provide walks for a number of various organisations including:
Camden Council – in 2015 as part of various events held to celebrate 50 years of the London Borough of Camden we led a series of tours inviting audiences to explore the Borough and find out more about its hidden histories for Camden50
The Knowledge Quarter is a consortium of partner organisations of many different kinds but with one thing in common – they are all actively engaged in advancing and disseminating knowledge. CTGA ran a series of walks covering many of the partners involved in this initiative. Our walks entitled “Sharing the Secrets of the Knowledge Quarter” highlighted many Knowledge Quarter partners, learning about their participation and contribution to knowledge and the community.
The Bloomsbury Festival 2015. CTGA ran a number of different walks to tie in with the Bloomsbury Festival and these were included in the programme, looking at the Bloomsbury area in the context of the Festival’s theme of Light. For example, one of the walks offered looked at some of Bloomsbury’s remarkable buildings, and how the buildings and how the buildings and those who have lived and worked in them have illuminated Camden, and the world!
FitzFest. 2016 saw the inaugural Fitzrovia Music Festival (FitzFest) and CTGA guides are running six weeks over the weekend 8th to 11th June 2016. Please see quote from Artistic Director Daniel Bates about the success of the walks during the Festival. On to 2017 we say!
Local London Guiding Day. CTGA’s Bloomsbury Women Walk proved immensely popular in 2015 and we are looking forward to being involved again in 2016. Date is Saturday 8th October.
Camden Sentido. To coincide with the 2016 Rio Para/Olympics and the São Paulo Art Biennale, this year Camden will highlight all things Brazil in its Annual Arts Programme. Camden Sentido is about our senses (sentidos in Portuguese) and the way we experience the environment. It will link together the spirit of Brazil with the spirit of Camden through the sounds, smells, tastes, sights and feelings that connect them. Camden Market will be home to a central programme which includes performances, gigs, talks, exhibitions and workshops by partners including Central Saint Martin’s, Wembley to Soweto Foundation, Mais Um Disco, Walls on Walls, Argent and Camden Tour Guides. Camden Sentido will also produce projects in partnership with Roundhouse, Latitude, PIPA and Frieze London.
CTGA is keen to make our guided walks open to everyone. To support this aim we have worked with a range of organisations. For example we have worked with Visually Impaired in Camden (VIC) to develop a series of walks that are particularly suitable for people who are visually impaired. We have had great fun leading walks around The Regent’s Canal and the King’s Cross area, where together we understood what it was like to see the area from the perspective of someone with a visual impairment – the need to describe aspect, size and listen to sound.
The Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square. We have worked with the Museum to develop guided tours of the museum suitable for people with visual impairments. This included describing the size and outlook of individual rooms so that a visually impaired person can imagine themselves inside the room. We also incorporated touch into the tour, for example, sitting on the pews on the first floor landing of the museum and feeling the oak leaf carving, touching the staircase from the original building. We also focussed on the sound of the building – for example, hearing the clocks chime and the Dawn Chorus installation. We also worked with the Museum to run free walks for all on Disabled Access Day on 12th March 2016.
If you have a special interest group and would like to discuss commissioning CTGA about working with you please contact us here
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